#GHgot: Just Rebels

Maritn Amidu Special prosecutor

When the people cried for justice, he came in the cover of darkness, with a flaming gavel, and a gang of reapers.

(This part of Martin’s Kiss of Life; a Ghana’s Game of Thrones series.)

A vigilante is first and foremost an answer to the question of injustice. His belief is the spirit that animates the law. And so when Martin Amidu finally is relieved of his position, his subsequent acts and utterances are in keeping with what he believes is the reason for his dismissal: exposing gargantuan levels of corruption that affect the lives of the average citizen. What pushes the man to fulfilling his duty is an innate desire to serve on the side of right. A desire to spread justice.

Throughout the Mahama administration, the overwhelming cry against the government has been that of corruption. Scandals involving GYEEDA, Smattys, SADA, etc., have singularly affected the perceptions of people against the political elite. And when the energy crisis deepened, small and medium-sized businesses felt the pinch with each passing day. Prices rose like milk tins in a game of chaskele, and the ordinary citizen tightened their seat belts, waiting. Fish started to rot. Airlines cut their losses and fled. And the government ‘connived’ to hide the dollars from businesses who needed them, all in the name of protecting the cedi.

This served as an important backdrop for all that followed. Doctors wondered why they couldn’t get their terms of service when dubious contracts were being passed around. The single mother, unable to pay her son’s exorbitant university fees, couldn’t understand how millions would be flown to Brazil. Teachers railed against their employers. The belt, already too tight, splintered, and the cry for justice was deafening. Civil/political groups would rise within this quagmire of suffering and hardship, demanding what was due them. They demanded probity. They demanded justice and scapegoats.

And through it all, Martin Amidu was screaming with a flaming gavel. From the corruption within the judicial sector, we heard of corruption within the executive. He wanted Woyome’s head. The man with lightning rod across his face looked a haunting reaper with an axe.

Recently, he expressed his position: “It is important that as many enlightened middle-class Ghanaians speak up to defend the majority of our citizens who are uneducated in the Whiteman’s ways but funded our education through college and university. Ghanaians must be the beneficiary of our public purse and not just a few political elite and establishment figures.”

Martin Amidu’s landmark successes in his quest for justice has earned him a heroic status among the people. Among justices and noble vigilantes, he has been deified. But Martin stands for justice. “I don’t want to be a god,” he declared.

 

It is with Sandor Clegane that Martin would finally show the reader the truth about Beric’s crusade. When his rebels finally arrest the Hound, it appears that his sins has finally caught up with him. The manner in which he killed Mycah the butcher’s son had earned him the ire of many. Emerging victorious after a trial by combat, however, one can’t help but wonder if their chastisement of the Hound is justified. He was, after all, acting on the authority of the queen and the prince.

Not Beric though. His convictions of law and the gods are clear as light is from darkness. Against a clamour for the life of Sandor, Beric declares that the gods have proven the big man’s innocence. The just rebel goes even a step further: he pays the Hound back for the weapons he seizes, albeit with a piece of paper, aka IOU.

With every death he suffers, the Lightning Lord becomes a man sundered from his past. His memories become sketchy, and he forgets most and all of what he is before his first death. From the ashes of his past, his destiny rises forth like a scion of hope in a time of war. His last memory being the task given him by the King’s Hand, Beric sets himself on an odyssey of justice, hiding in the Hollows and revealing himself only to be killed again…and then resurrecting with a stronger sense of his calling. The Lightning Lord is transformed into a harbinger of justice, the tightening noose in his god’s right hand. The lord of rebels.

Throughout Arya’s time with the BWB, we catch glimpses of why the guerrilla leader is loved as the people’s person. He pays men for the produce he takes, and never forces his god onto his hosts. Contrast this to the case of Stannis Baratheon who burns the Seven after taking his seat at Dragonstone, and Beric’s position sits right there with the rebels who have made history fighting imperialists; kingdoms that have forced their ways and religions on others, leaders who have normalised the act of gift-giving with a view to a tainted national representation…


Disclaimer:

Ghana’s Game of Thrones (#Ghgot) is an analysis of events and characters in A Song of Ice and Fire and the Ghanaian political scene. Rather than drawing a like-for-like comparison between the characters considered, the features seek to juxtapose events in the characters of the series with similar events on the Ghanaian scene. Thus, it is a typical “4 Game of Thrones Moments on the Ghanaian Political Scene,” or “The 3 times John Mahama was Ned Stark,” kind of analysis. Unless where stated explicitly, the parallels drawn are to be taken at face value. They are in no way an attempt to predict or portray the real political and moral lives of the persons concerned.

This is written without judgement.

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